Just My Luck by Cammie McGovern
Storyboard for English, period 7
The Goldfish Boy by Lisa Thompson Realistic Fiction
In THE GOLDFISH BOY, Matthew Corbin spends his days inside his second-story bedroom observing the world. If it weren't for his compulsion to wash his hands every second, he might spend more time outside where maybe he could have prevented little Teddy from going missing.
The author wanted to show readers what it is like to deal with OCD, obsessive compulsive disorder. In the story, I am so obsessed with germs, that I can't even leave my room, and I need to wear rubber gloves all the time.
Matthew, in the story, you spend so much time inside. Why did the author decide to show you like this?
I enjoyed how you focused on the image in the corner of your room that looked like a lion. Why did the author do that?
Well, sometimes, when you are anxious, it helps to concentrate on something to calm yourself down. For me, it was that lion image.
Something I liked in this story was how you, the hero, had to battle your OCD and solve the mystery of the missing boy.
What you noticed was the external conflict--find the boy--working with the internal conflict--me dealing with OCD. Those two storylines created conflict and suspense.
Thanks for sharing insights into GOLDFISH BOY, Matthew! I can't wait to read another book by Lisa Thompson.
You're welcome, Ms. Mulholland. You might like THE LIGHT JAR. It's her newest middle grade novel.
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